Well, so long $150. Kershaw is at it again with its lineup of automatic knives. Meet the Launch 1 automatic.For the uninitiated, an automatic knife is a push button knife that flies open. No, it’s not a switchblade.

Made from quality CPM154 steel, I’m not sure how Kershaw can keep the price in check. I know the second my dad sees it, the $150 is gone. Unfortunately, the Kershaw website does not sell the knife via its website.

Federal and state laws are onerous when it comes to shipping automatic knives. Luckily, the site does have an extensive ‘find a retailer.’ Punch in your zip, and you should find an authorized retailer near you. I think that’s a trick to get you to spend more. Well played Kershaw. Well played.

Kershaw Launch 1 Features

Made from CPM154 blade steel, the automatic action does have a strong kick to it. If you’ve never owned an automatic knife, make sure you have a firm grip before you press the button. Think firm handshake grip.

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To lessen the likelihood of accidental deployments, the button is recessed to be flush with the handle. Having said that Kershaw’s website warns:

Nevertheless, automatic knives are dangerous and should be handled with extreme caution in all circumstances.

Left-handed? Kershaw has your back making the Launch 1 ambidextrous. You can use your index finger to press the blade-release/lock button.

Tech specs on the Launch 1 are as follows:

  • Steel: CPM154, black-oxide BlackWash ™ finish
  • Handle: Anodized aluminum
  • Blade length: 3.4 in. (8.6 cm)
  • Closed length: 4.6 in. (11.7 cm)
  • Overall length: 8 in. (20.3 cm)
  • Weight: 4 oz. (114 g)

You had me at the BlackWash finish. If you are looking for a new EDC knife, take a look at Kershaw’s Launch 1. Be sure you know your local laws on automatics. Me? I live in rural Alabama. I think the ordinances are you have to own one versus laws prohibiting ownership. What can you say? It’s the south.

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